What I’m Reading: Wildland

I needed a book and really didn’t have time to hunt for the perfect book so I went on my Hoopla account and looked at suggested books.  I just took one of the first ones with an interesting cover.  I ended with Wildland by Rebecca Hodge.

I didn’t read the description of the book at all…just picked it.  I was in a hurry.

Can you imagine my surprise when not too far into the first chapter I learned that the book was about a woman with return breast cancer?  Her husband had been alive and with her through her first-round but had died shortly after and now her breast cancer had returned.  She was trying to decide if she wanted to treat the cancer again or not.

Hmm.  Did I want to read this?  It all sounded a little too close to home for me.  Different cancers…but both with a husband who dies too young.  Yep, that’s pretty close to home.

I wasn’t looking for a self-help book…I was looking for a book that allowed me to escape my life or at least provide a little entertainment.

I decided to keep reading the book but if it got personal for me, I told myself I could just quit reading.

I’ll let Amazon tell you the synopsis:
When Kat Jamison retreats to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she’s counting on peace and solitude to help her make a difficult decision. Her breast cancer has returned, but after the death of her husband, her will to fight is dampened. Now she has a choice to make: face yet another round of chemotherapy or surrender gracefully.

Self-reflection quickly proves impossible as her getaway is complicated by a pair of abandoned dogs and two friendly children staying nearby, Lily and Nirav. In no time at all, Kat’s quiet seclusion is invaded by the happy confusion of children and pets.

But when lightning ignites a deadly wildfire, Kat’s cabin is cut off from the rest of the camp, separating Lily and Nirav from their parents. Left with no choice, Kat, the children, and the dogs must flee on foot through the drought-stricken forest, away from the ravenous flames. As a frantic rescue mission is launched below the fire line, Kat drives the party deeper into the mountains, determined to save four innocent lives. But when the moment comes to save her own, Kat will have to decide just how hard she’s willing to fight to survive–and what’s worth living for.

Amazon readers gave it 4.4 stars.  I think I’ll agree.  I liked it.  I was worried it might be too close to my personal situation but it turned out fine.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon.

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